Today, the pop rock avant garde project, Mystic Seers, has announced the forthcoming release of his debut album via Ring Records, set for May 14th, 2021. Along with this announcement, the artist released an infectious new track reminiscent of Beatles-era psychedelic rock titled, “Patterns,” which can be streamed on all platforms today. “Patterns” is a hypnotic loop of kaleidoscopic guitars met with echoes of 60’s mod rock & bossanova jazz grooves; all mixed thoughtfully in this off-kilter, colorful psychedelic pop tune. Songwriter Derek White manages to translate his personal flaws into something that feels uplifting and nostalgic. The bridge of the song moves you through the walls of Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliffs, with a stunning Blue Note-esque sax solo performed by Pittsburgh’s own Mark Jackovic. Merged with floaty, textured rhodes played by Joel Tischuk. “Let the Patterns fall,” White & fellow Pgh songwriter James Wolff sing & harmonize beautifully together in the end, as the songs dips off and fades into a sweet melancholy dream.
American producer & multi-instrumentalist Derek White spent over half a decade writing, recording, and meticulously refining the work from various home studios and workspaces in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. An outgrowth of his diverse influences, Mystic Seers sees White’s memorable songwriting weaving in and out of a wall of atmospheric psychedelia, with recurring elements of early ’70s progressive rock, ’60s symphonic pop, and hints of free jazz. Of the ambitious nature of the project, and attention to detail that is so evident throughout, White says:
“I had quite a few of the song ideas written early on, but I really wanted to make an ‘album album.’ I was determined to get it right and make it cohesive from start to finish, and get it into a form where I personally loved the whole thing and felt like it was something I would be able to stand by forever. That ended up being a hell of a lot more work than I anticipated, but I finally got there, and I’m glad I stayed true to that vision.”
Mystic Seers will be issued on a double vinyl pressing, in addition to digital formats. The album was produced by Derek White, co-produced by Adam Fischman, and mastered by Brian Zieske & Bob Weston of Chicago Mastering Service.
Mystic Seers Track Listing